Mike Wright hit hard before Trey Mancini gives Orioles 5-5 tie with Twins

FORT MYERS, FLA. — Orioles right-hander Mike Wright endured a nightmare second inning that dented his hopes of breaking camp in the starting rotation, but home runs by Chris Johnson and Trey Mancini helped the Orioles draw back for a 5-5 tie Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

Wright worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the first inning, but surrendered five runs on six hits — three doubles and three singles — in the second inning, his last of the day.


"I felt pretty good," Wright said. "Stuff felt pretty good in the 'pen, it felt good while I was out there. I just kept giving up hits."

Still, Wright had perspective on where the outing put him as the final week of spring approaches.


"'Feeling good' and 'my stuff is there' isn't going to get me on the team," he said.

This time last year, Wright was solidifying a rotation spot after a Kevin Gausman shoulder injury and the release of Miguel Gonzalez paved the way for he and Tyler Wilson to make the Opening Day roster.

Nothing feels different this spring, Wright said, even if the results are far from the same.

"I still felt good," Wright said. "I felt strong. I still feel like my mental state coming in is the exact same. I was attacking the zone. I wasn't walking people. I threw all pitches for strikes. It was just a matter of getting the ball down, getting more ground balls. They did a really good job putting the ball in play, battling. [Joe] Mauer had an 0-2 count [in the first inning] and took four really, really good pitches, I thought, and had a walk there. But yeah, I still feel good, I still feel positive, I still feel in a good place."

Because Wright pitched four innings in a B game on March 17, his Grapefruit League stats aren't a true reflection of his performance this spring. With those four innings without an earned run included, Wright has a 5.93 ERA this spring. Just in his Grapefruit League games, that climbs to 8.38.

Johnson homered off Michael Tonkin in the sixth inning, and Mancini hit a three-run home run to tie the game at 5 in the seventh inning.

Going long: Two of the remaining long-relief candidates — Vidal Nuno and Logan Verrett — pitched well in their opportunities to stretch it out in Fort Myers. Nuno struck out two in two scoreless innings, and Verrett struck out three in two perfect frames.

Flaherty back: In his first game since March 13, infielder Ryan Flaherty had a strong return from a shoulder problem. Flaherty hit a flare to left field that skirted by Eddie Rosario for a double, then scored when a ground ball by Mancini was thrown away by third baseman Miguel Sano. He walked in his second plate appearance.


Sisco keeps hitting: Catcher Chance Sisco had another good day at the plate, following up his game-winning home run Wednesday with a wall-scraping double to right-center field in his first at-bat.

In his second at-bat, Sisco singled through the shortstop hole, and went to second on a walk by catcher Caleb Joseph, but was thrown out trying to score on a single by Aneury Tavarez.